The Sukkah, Schach, Etrog & the Quantum Field.

Mysticism tells us, the holiday of Sukkot/Simchat Torah is the mirror image (the other side of the coin) of the first half of the month of Tishrei but in a revealed open way of joy and dancing.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur actuate G-ds will for all the blessings and decisions for our coming year, and so do Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

On Sukkot, the Divine supernal delight generated through the service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur in the Holy of Holies, and the burning of the incense, whose cloud filled the entire room, reappears in our world, much like a cloud condenses from the vapor rising from the sea, in the mitzvah (Commandment) of the covering over the Sukkah (the schach).

It is for this reason our sages describe the schach as, the   —   actual shadow (and delight) of
G-d.

We then create a connection and channel with this cloud of G-dliness by entering the Sukkah (eating there) and being enveloped by this energy, and we draw it down into our lives through the Biblical act of the shaking of the three in one hand /four species. The Lulav, Myrtle branches, Willows and Etrog.

On Sukkot, we draw from the quantum field.  

In Quantum physics everything is based on very real, and yet very much, unseen, fields of different types of energy. It is from the fluctuations of these energy fields everything we are made of comes from, which can be reduced to just three matter particles. This is the electron and two species of quarks that we call the up quark and the down quark.

Quarks are the only elementary particles in the Standard Model of particle physics to experience all four fundamental interactions, also known as fundamental forces (electromagnetism, gravitation, strong interaction, and weak interaction).

There are (3) three sets of quarks: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top represent the three levels of energy in the entire Universe.

The familiar proton and neutron, the nucleus of every atom, each contain three quarks. The proton has two up quarks and a down. While the neutron has two down quarks and an up. Put protons and neutrons together and you have a nucleus. Add electrons into the mix and you have an atom, put a bunch of atoms together and that’s what we’re made of.

All the beauty and complexity that we see in the world around us can be traced to the same collection of three particles, rearranged over and over in different combinations affected by forces or interactions (the terms are interchangeable).

There are four fundamental forces in the Universe. Gravitation (between particles with mass), Electromagnetic (between particles with charge/magnetism), Strong nuclear force (between quarks) and the Weak nuclear force.

God created the world with letters, for “with ten statements G-d created the entire Universe.” In Hebrew, the word for “letters” (otiyot) comes from the root of “and morning has arrived” (ata boiker), i.e., “the light is shining.”

Letters in Mysticism, are vehicles and tools for revealing what is otherwise hidden in one’s mind and heart, like flashlights. These letters have the inherent ability to build or destroy worlds. Consider the example of people. Nice words build people up, and negative words destroy them. The Zohar says, the name (letters) of a person, expresses his/her personality.

How many letters are there in God’s essential name? Four. At the root and source of existence, how many elements and channels are there to manifest the source (G-d)? Four.

The essential name of G-d while comprised of four letters, in its etymological root the first letter Yud – is separated from the last three letters. So while the last three letters represent the present tense matter, this all comes about through the combination of all four letters.

The Great Mystic Rabbi Yitzchok Luria (1534-1572) teaches us that the actual life force of all living beings is defined by the letters used to describe them. In the letters themselves, the specific arrangement of the letters for every object is the blueprint that maps out the entire genetic string and energy which determines its characteristics.

The holding of the three species in one hand and the Etrog in the other hand, and to fulfill the mitzvah, combining them to form, four, under the shadow of the schach, which is how mysticism directs us to fulfill this mitzvah, we are generating at the core fundamental root and the first month of the year, the fundamental forces to receive all our blessings for the coming year.

When we hold the three species in one hand, which includes the three branches of the Myrtle as well, and combine it with the Etrog which stands alone but is being combined for the sake of making the number four, and this is being done in the Sukkah, inside of this very special Schach energy, we are at the deepest place of connection with the essence of our souls and the essence of G-d Himself. Tapping into the core and the essence of blessings.

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" www.aspiritualsoulbook.com & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" www.maimonidesadvice.com. Rabbi Ezagui opened in 1987 the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the Island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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